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Educational practices - understanding the development of intellect

In this booklet the authors outline how the sciences of the learning view intelligence and suggest a programme for instruction that may build upon its various processes.

To understand human intelligence, psychological and cognitive sciences try to specify what cognitive processes are involved in dealing with...

Educational practices - Task teaching and learning -improving the quality of education for disadvantaged students

The purpose of this booklet is to describe the central role that tasks play (or, perhaps more accurately, should play) in school learning, particularly in efforts to improve the quality of education for economically disadvantaged children and youth.

This booklet offers a set of eight principles that, when...

Educational practices - teaching fractions

This research guide provides suggestions for teachers  looking to improve fraction instruction in their classrooms or schools. The recommendations are based on scientific research, along with the expertise and experience of successful mathematics educators, and include a variety of classroom activities and teaching...

Educational practices -emotions and learning

In this booklet, Reinhard Pekrun draw upon empirical evidence to address the emotions experienced by students at school. He discusses the nature and diversity of these emotions, their function on student’s learning, their individual antecedents, ways to regulate these emotions, and the influence on teachers,...

Educational practices- nurturing creative thinking

This booklet, draws on research and experience to presents eight key principles of creative thinking that are interlinked and interrelated and equally important for nurturing creativity in the educational context.


Creative thinking is defined as the thinking that enables students to apply their...

Improving science teacher retention: do National STEM Learning Network professional development courses keep science teachers in the classroom?

The Wellcome Trust commissioned the research reported here with two aims: to develop a greater understanding of science teacher retention; and to test whether there is any link between subject specific CPD delivered by the National STEM Learning Network and likelihood to stay in the profession.

The research...

Literature review of assessment for learning in science

This literature review, by NFER, sought to address the following research questions:

  • What does AfL in science involve?
  • What AfL techniques are...

Evaluation of STEM Insight Programme: final report November 2017

The STEM Insight teacher placement programme aims to increase STEM career learning and awareness amongst students and enhance schools’ careers provision.  This report investigates the impact of the scheme on its participants (teachers), their students and schools/colleges, and host...

Exploring Young People's Views on Science Education

Published by the Wellcome Trust in September 2011, this report aimed to find a deeper understanding of young people’s attitudes to science education, particularly regarding the value young people place on science education (for themselves as individuals and for society in general), as well as the key factors...

Review of practical research projects in science

A good report to show senior leaders in order to gain the necessary support to allow students to carry out extended projects and independent research projects (IRP).

The evidence shows gains in students’ learning, improvements in students’ attitudes to science, suggestions that increased numbers are...

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